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Keynotes & General Session

Opening Keynote Address: "The Future in Automation"

Tuesday, 8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.

Dr. Peter Martin—Vice President, Invensys





Wednesday Keynote Address: "The Future in Automation"

Wednesday, 8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.

Major General Robert E. Wheeler

Major General Robert E. Wheeler, currently serving on the staff of the Secretary of Defense as the Deputy Chief Information Officer for Command, Control, Communications and Computers (C4) and Information Infrastructure Capabilities (DCIO for C4IIC), will deliver a special opening day keynote on SCADA and industrial infrastructure cybersecurity. Holding numerous military honors and rich with experience, the general is an engaging expert with intimate knowledge of the threats to government and our industry. He'll speak frankly about what government is doing about cyber threats and what we, in the automation industry, need to do. Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get a new perspective on the security issues that affect your life as an automation professional, and as a citizen of the world.

Sneak Peek

1. Learn more about the stark reality of the cyber threat to critical industrial infrastructure via SCADA and automation and controls from an expert with an exclusive view into system vulnerabilities.

2. Automation Federation and ISA cybersecurity experts have been invited by the White House and NIST to participate in developing the framework for the President’s executive order PPD-21 calling for the cybersecurity of industrial automation & control systems and critical infrastructure. General Wheeler will discuss standards for the protection of these assets and relate insights future cybersecurity demands.

3. Find out more about the role of the Department of Defense in strengthening the nation’s cyber defenses, and how public-private partnerships could help in designing credible and timely solutions to cyber weaknesses.

Executive Panel:
Workforce Development Issues and Today’s Automation Professional

Thursday, 8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.

Dr. Maurice Wilkins, VP Global Strategic Marketing Center, Yokogawa Corporation of America

“I’m delighted to be the moderator for a distinguished panel of industry experts for what is certain to be a lively and diverse discussion on workforce development and its imminent effect on today’s plant workers. Workforce development is one of the largest issues facing industry and one that will have a quick and lasting impact on process automation personnel. The panelists are top executives representing the supplier, systems integrator, and educational communities who will share their inside views of trends and inevitabilities that will affect us all in both the short and the long term as seen from each of their vantage points into the automation.”

Panel Members:

Sneak Peek

1. Workforce development isn’t just “hiring and firing” or filling an employment gap. Find out how your career and job tasks will be impacted by looming issues in training, education, and mentoring.

2. Get a glimpse at how industrial problem-solving may be changing in the future as a generational mix of employees must work together to run an enterprise.

3. Learn about cultural differences that will affect the way we interact together on the job, what motivates various population groups in industry, and find out how you can stay vital, valuable, and involved at your plant as we move through the coming months and years.

Executive Panel on Cybersecurity:
Cybersecurity Challenges to Industry

Tuesday, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Brigadier General Rudolf Peksens,
US Air Force (Retired) Moderator

“I am pleased to be hosting a distinguished panel of cybersecurity experts who are working in a hands-on capacity to help secure our critical infrastructure from cyber attack. We’ll discuss President Obama’s executive order for the cybersecurity protection of industrial automation and control systems—and the engagement that ISA and the Automation Federation have with the White House staff and NIST personnel in developing the framework to implement this order. Join us for a lively discussion on these vital issues—from panelists who aren’t regularly available to those of us working in automation and controls but whose influence will be felt by us all.”

Brigadier General RUDOLF PEKSENS, US Air Force (Retired) is an independent consultant focusing on helping organizations adapt to cyber challenges. General Peksens previously worked in the defense industry for 15 years where most recently he was the Director of Strategic Pursuits in the Raytheon Company's Network Centric Systems. In that position he developed strategies for business growth including mergers and acquisitions with emphasis on cyber companies. From 1966 to 1995 General Peksens served in the US Air Force. He is an experienced commander and combat aviator and the only US Air Force officer to have flown fighter, bomber, and reconnaissance aircraft in combat. He is a command pilot with nearly 3,900 flying hours, including more than 600 combat hours in operations over Vietnam and Iraq. General Peksens is a graduate of Tufts University, the Naval College of Command and Staff, and the National War College.

Invited Panel Members:

Sneak Peek

1. Get a look inside the cybersecurity issue from the viewpoint of automation end-user, and see how those concerns differ from and are impacted by others working in this field – such as attorneys and government officials

2. Gather Insights as to how the President’s executive order in support of cybersecurity for critical infrastructure will impact industrial automation and control systems globally

3. Hear what’s coming – ready or not.

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Automation Federation Control System Integrators Association
ISA Security Compliance Institute ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute